Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2010 Statistical Dashboard

The Ayers Scholars Program is constantly measuring and assessing the program's effectiveness. Post-secondary matriculation and enrollment trends, as well as retention rates, scholarship dollars and other sources of funding, are tracked using Ayers' own unique database specifically designed by and for the program. This data is provided to the Ayers Foundation Board of Directors in a Key Indicator Dashboard document quarterly. You can view the most recent dashboard here:

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 End of Year Celebrations

The Ayers Foundation hosted an End of Year Celebration for the 2010 Ayers Foundation Scholars and their families at both Scott's Hill High School and Riverside High School. Before the Ayers Foundation Scholars Program was offered, less than 30 percent of high school graduates were attending a four-year, two-year institution or a technical school after graduation. Today, over 90 percent go on to higher education after graduating.

Jim Ayers, Founder of The Ayers Foundation challenged each student that the decision they make right now will most likely affect the quality of their lives for the next 60 years. Ayers encouraged the students to make wise choices and to be successful in their post-secondary education.

The 2010 Ayers Foundation Scholars of Scott's Hill High School

The 2010 Ayers Foundation Scholars of Riverside High School

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ayers Foundation in University of Memphis Magazine

The Ayers Foundation Chairman and Founder, James W. Ayers was interviewed for the University of Memphis Magazine Spring 2010 Issue. Mr. Ayers highlighted The Ayers Foundation Scholar's Program and shared current statistics and stories of Scholar success.

To read the complete article, please click on University of Memphis Magazine .

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ayers Foundation recognized at Bethel University

On May 8th, 2010, Janet and Jim Ayers of The Ayers Foundation were recognized during the dedication of the New Science Building on the Bethel University Campus in McKenzie, Tennessee. During the dedication of the new building, The Jim and Janet Ayers Lecture Hall was presented in recognition of their commitment and contributions to Bethel students.

A view of the newly constructed science building at Bethel University

Janet Ayers, President of The Ayers Foundation, served as the commencement speaker and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bethel by President Prosser during the day's events. Ayers told graduates that their personal stories will be inspiring to others to pursue their dreams. "The most effective tool for ministry to others is a life story." Ayers said. "Each of you has a life story." Ayers shared other personal stories from graduates and encouraged them to pursue their dreams and share their stories.

President Ayers delivering her commencement address at Bethel University

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Ayers Foundation "Be Your Own Hero" Event Series

The Ayers Foundation hosted the 1st Annual "Be Your Own Hero: More to this Life" Summit for Young Women on Tuesday, April 27th at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in Parsons, Tennessee. The Foundation designed this series of events to promote self-esteem, resiliency and goal-setting in young people. The event hosted 169 Sophomore girls from local area schools including Perry County High School, Riverside High School and Scotts Hill High School.

Students show smiling faces of excitement as the day begins.

Janet Ayers, President of The Ayers Foundation, welcomes the young women to the event. During her speech, Ayers encouraged all of the young women to discover their dreams, set personal goals and work toward post-high school education.

Janet Ayers and Kerry Loy, Senior Clinician for Centerstone's School-Based Services. Loy helped students create personal life balance wheels and dream boards. The projects allowed the young women to celebrate their strengths and set goals for the future.
A view of the room as the young women listen to Ayers' opening remarks.
The young women learn how to assess each area of their lives using the life balance wheel.
Using magazines to find inspiration, the young women create personalized dream boards.
Riverside High School student, Hannah Livingston shows off her dream board.
Janet Ayers and Jordan Christy, keynote speaker and author of the book How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Grace and Class.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ayers Foundation in January 2010 TSAC Newsletter

The Ayers Foundation Scholar's Program was highlighted in a recent article from the TSAC (Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation) January 2010 Newsletter. Click here to view the entire newsletter.